SPEED queen Jenny Tinmouth came through round one of this year's British 125cc Championship unscathed - and is now setting her sights firmly on a podium place.
The motorcycle racer from Whitby crashed out in her first race of last year, but this time she returned to Brands Hatch and showed a vast improvement.
Jenny qualified in 11th but had been sixth fastest in one qualifying session. She ended the Easter Monday race in 14th, earning two valuable championship points.
The 29-year-old said: 'I was happy that I got points on the board and that I finished the first race.
'I have spent more time on my fitness, mainly my upper body, which has made a lot of difference, and I am aiming not just for top 10s this year, but for podiums.
Jenny was unable to secure a team ride this season, so she is competing as a 'privateer' - using her own funds and cash from a loyal band of sponsors.
'My bike has barely changed from last year,' she said. 'I have had some help with my suspension and I did have some chatter from the forks, which I have loaned, but we are working to solve that before round two at Thruxton this weekend.
'I am faster this year, thanks to better suspension but also greater experience.'
As well as racing in almost exclusively all-male fields, Jenny is up against big teams with plenty of financial clout.
She said: 'The guy who won at the weekend has a full team-funded factory works bike, which we hear has had about £28,000 spent on it, which is a ridiculous amount of money.
'But the bike is still not that much faster than mine. All I need now is a bit of consistency and race pace on the day and I could be getting podium finishes.'
She added: 'I am always looking for sponsorship to help improve myself or the bike. But it is nice to be concentrating on competition again, getting my teeth into racing.'
Jenny's next race meeting begins on Friday and ends with the race on Sunday at Thruxton, in round two of the championship.